About Sonoma County
2013 CIVIL GRAND JURY REPORT ON FLUORIDATION
SONOMA COUNTY WATER AGENCY (SCWA)
RUSSIAN RIVER & THE SONOMA COUNTY WATER AGENCY
SALMON, FLUORIDATION & THE RUSSIAN RIVER BIOLOGICAL OPINION
RUSSIAN RIVER UTILITY
SONOMA COUNTY WATER SOURCES AND SYSTEMS
CITY OF SONOMA
HEALDSBURG MOVING FORWARD
LUTHER BURBANK & SONOMA COUNTY
Horticulturalist Luther Burbank’s father died when he was 21 years old, and Burbank used his inheritance to buy a 17-acre plot of land near his childhood home in Massachusetts. There, he developed the Burbank potato. In his mid 20s, Burbank sold the rights to the Burbank potato for $150 and used the money to travel to Santa Rosa, in the heart of Northern California’s Sonoma County. Luther Burbank lived in Santa Rosa for over 50 years, and said of Sonoma County, “I firmly believe, from what I have seen, that this is the chosen spot of all this earth as far as Nature is concerned.”
Most Sonoma County residents would agree. Sonoma County’s microclimates are temperate, its land is fertile and, even in these years of drought, Sonoma County is blessed by the Russian River and its watershed.
Sonoma County encompasses more than 1 million acres of land and water, rich in scenic beauty, mostly open space and agricultural land, with an array of parks, recreational facilities, campsites and lakes. The county has approximately 123,070 acres of surface water area, of which 8,580 are bay waters.
Nestled in the heart of Northern California Wine Country, Sonoma County is a wonderful place to visit, and an even better place to live, because residents are great hosts, but even better neighbors.
Sonoma County residents are a hard working, environmentally aware, politically engaged population, with a strong pre-Anglo Mexican heritage, and a 25% Latino population today.
The Sonoma County economy is based on tourism, which generates over $1.3 billion annually, and on agriculture, which generated $653.2 million in 2009, with wine grapes accounting for $416.5 million, and livestock and poultry products, $91.1 million. Tourism and agriculture: These pillars of the Sonoma County economy are challenged both by worsening water shortages, and by the ill-considered proposal to fluoridate Sonoma County’s water.
Sonoma County Government
In 2016, The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors appointed Sheryl Bratton to be the new County Administrator, replacing Veronica Ferguson who retired. “In addition to assisting the Board in managing, directing and coordinating the operations of all county departments, the County Administrator also prepares the county budget and makes recommendations to the Board to promote economy and efficiency within the county.The County Administrator’s Office assists the Board of Supervisors in managing, directing and coordinating the operation of all departments over which the Board exercises control. The County Administrator also appoints the General Services, Fire Services and Information Systems Directors.” As County Administrator, Ms. Bratton oversees a 4,000-employee work force and $1.6 billion budget. Learn more about Ms. Bratton.
Sonoma County Water
RUSSIAN RIVER UTILITY: RRU is a water and sewer management company serving Sonoma County regions and communities without full service public utilities, and not served by SCWA, including public, mutual/private and commercial systems, providing both water treatment and distribution services, wastewater treatment and water reclamation services.
SONOMA COUNTY WATER AGENCY: SCWA is a separate legal entity created by State law (1949), with separate sources of funding from County departments, providing water supply and wastewater services, and flood protection, and managing a proactive stream maintenance program throughout Sonoma County.
Daily direction and overall coordination of SCWA is in the hands of the Board of Supervisors which acts as SCWA Board of Directors. The General Manager of the Agency reports directly to the Board of Supervisors.
SCWA is the wholesale supplier of water for eight retail contractors, including the City of Santa Rosa, City of Petaluma, North Marin Water District, Valley of the Moon Water District, City of Sonoma, City of Cotati, Forestville County Water District, and the City of Rohnert Park. In all, SCWA has 156 active connections.
SCWA service area. – From Cardno Entrix Draft Aquatic Assessment (SC DHS 2014)